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Real Madrid’s projected XI vs Viktoria Plzen: Vinicius extremely probable to start

08 November 2018, 12:59 | Anna Jefferson

Marcelo Varane and Carvajal

Marcelo Varane and Carvajal

Next up for the Argentine coach is a Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday night.

Julen Lopetegui may have been sacked by Spain and Real Madrid in the space of 139 days but an integral member of both squads is adamant that he "is the best coach he's ever had".

Since the departure of Lopetegui, Real have somewhat steadied the ship with the installation of former player and Castilla coach Santiago Solari, who has so far overseen victories against UD Melilla in the Copa del Rey and Valladolid over the weekend.

"If you win 5-0, of course there will be applause, today we have done what we had to do to win today, we will continue to work with sacrifice and aggression towards the goal". "They are capable of getting where they want to go".

The loss was Plzen's second 5-0 drubbing in Group G play after Roma's Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick in leading the Italian side to an easy win in early October.

Pressed as to whether he now saw himself likely to get the job permanently, Solari said he could only think about Saturday's La Liga game at Celta Vigo.

Despite the disgusting start to the season, a number of Real Madrid players have come out in defense of their former boss. In football the most important is always the next game. "I am only thinking of the next game". I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.

"I said it before he was Real Madrid coach and I'll say it again now that he's gone".

"I don't see a coach coming for one or two months, so for me Solari has to stay until the end of the season at least".

Things could have turned out much differently on the night as Real initially struggled in an unorthodox 4-3-3 formation that had Dani Ceballos - in for Luka Modric in one of two changes - fielded just behind Karim Benzema.

Viktoria Plzen enters Tuesday's match looking for its first win in the Champions League this season.

Courtois over Keylor: "It's a decision I made".

"But I have to say that Keylor is a man and has all my admiration as a footballer and respect as a man". "We've scored five times and this result will give us confidence".

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